|Christopher Omigie: The Witch Doctor|
Christopher Omigie claimed to be a witch doctor with supernatural powers who could protect drug dealers from law enforcement with magic powder, candles and rocks, federal authorities said. But he wasn’t able to protect himself from federal agents.
Omigie, 58, of Lafayette, LA, was sentenced Thursday [April 30] in Beaumont to 14 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Omigie, a native of Nigeria who is a U.S. citizen, told drug traffickers he was a witch doctor who could help them avoid the law.
Drug traffickers in the Cesar Barrera and David Bazan drug trafficking organizations in East Texas consulted Omigie daily — before, during and after each drug deal. They paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars for his services. Those services included card readings and massages he gave them with magic ointments. He also cut their skin with razor blades and applied magic powder.
Omigie’s other treatments included magic amulets, magic belts, magic coconuts and magic rocks that drug dealers were required to talk to. Omigie also told them to “go without bathing and intercourse for a period of time following magic treatments so as not to diminish the potency of those ministrations,” federal authorities said.
In addition, magic “law stay away” candles were burned so the drug traffickers could avoid detection. Omigie regularly returned to Africa, courtesy of his drug dealer employers, “to re-new his supernatural powers,” authorities said.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2013. He pleaded guilty in October 2014 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.